Hello, this is Bill Everatt, on Friday June 14th I attended a really pleasant Swansea Sound reunion evening organized by my old friend and all-round Good-Guy Karl Burtonshaw!
Pictured above are Gareth-Wyn Jones, who is still broadcasting his great Welsh language programmes on the station and Chris Harper, the stations first Breakfast Presenter and man who took Swansea Sound on air in September of 1974. The last time I saw Chris was at a wedding in 1989 or 1990 – these days, Chris is based in Canada. Gareth-Wyn and I see each other all the time!
Next up its Adrian Jay, Swansea Sounds’ first Drive-time presenter who also won the award for best Independent Local Radio DJ outside London. [The London Winner was Kenny Everett] and Karl Burtonshaw. During the course of the evening I discovered that Adrian is a guitarist [like me] of great skill [not like me] and loves the music of the Shadows [also like me!] Karl Burtonshaw who broadcast for a number of years on Celtica Radio is also in this photo. These days, Karl does a weekly show on the Community Radio station, Radio Tirciod.
Karl Burtonshaw and me. We first met up in the late 1970’s on the Morriston Hospital Radio service, Radio LF and we’ve been the best of friends ever since.
Sadly absent from the evening was Bob McCord and Andy Lee [pictured below], both of whom are now no longer with us on our journey.
I took this photograph of Andy on Christmas Day 1986 at the studios of Red Dragon Radio in West Canal Wharf in Cardiff. Andy Lee worked at Swansea Sound for about the same length of time as I did [in the region of five years.] When the post for Programme Controller at Red Dragon became vacant, Andy applied for the job and got it. In later years Andy moved to Vienna and broadcast on the stations out there. Sadly he suffered a Heart Attack and died in the mid-nineteen nineties.
And finally, a picture sent to me from Doreen Jenkins and Terry Mann, it doesn’t have absolutely everybody who attended on the night, but contains three generations of broadcasters in it, including me, Adrian Jay, Doreen Jenkins, Karl Burtonshaw, Clive Saddington, Steve Dewitt, Dave Bowen, Plastic Sam, Chris Harper and DJ and nightclub installation specialist Paul Adams.
It was great to see some old friends from so long ago and lovely to make some new ones who founded the first Independent Local Radio station in Wales
Thanks to Karl Burtonshaw.